THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) held its second ever Achieving Clinical Excellence (ACE) Awards last week to celebrate those who have demonstrated the highest levels of patient care and innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside.

The ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, July 30 in Formby Hall Golf Club.

The event was hosted by Dave Kitchin, head of service, Daren Mochrie, chief executive, and Peter White, chair.

They presented eleven awards to individuals, teams of staff and external agencies. Winners were rewarded for their clinical excellence and achievements over the past year.

Daren said: “The awards are an opportunity to reward our professional employees who are committed to delivering the highest quality of patient care as well as members of the public who have stepped in to make a real difference.

“As chief executive I am extremely proud to recognise such outstanding achievements.”

The categories and award winners were:

• Consultant Paramedic Award – Leona Blayney, Craig Butterworth, Gary Fitzpatrick, Gareth Owen, Jade Parry, Danielle Shaw

• Advanced Paramedic Award – Wayne Evans, Dylan Hughes, Jessica Heath

• Clinical Leadership Award – Andy Baines

• Supporting Clinical Excellence Award – Cheshire & Mersey Fleet Team

• Mentor of the Year – Paul Campbell

• Student of the Year – Samuel Hebden

• Communication Centre Award – EOC Orange Team

• Innovation and Change Award – Darren Earley

• Patient Choice Award – Sarah Camplin, Andrew Hazley, Michael Jackson, Diane McGann, Aaron Murray, Michael Quirk, Stephen Rickards

• Everyday Hero Award – Total Fitness, Crewe

• The John Harrison Award for Outstanding Achievement – Peter Fisher, Danielle Phelan and Andrew Carter-Sweeney

Winners were selected from peer nominations by a judging panel consisting of Dave Kitchin, Nick Sutcliffe and John Collins, consultant paramedics for Cheshire and Mersey, alongside the trust’s medical director, Dr Chris Grant.

Maxine Power, Director of Quality, Innovation and Improvement chose the winner of the Innovation and Change Award.

This was presented to senior paramedic team leader, Darren Earley who has developed a tool to support NWAS clinicians when treating patients with mental health concerns.

The John Harrison Award is in memory of Dr John Harrison, the trust’s former associate medical director who exemplified the highest clinical standards of care.

The recipient of this award was emergency services team, Peter Fisher, Danielle Phelan and Andrew Carter-Sweeney who were recognised for outstanding professionalism when faced with a colleague having a medical emergency.

Their award was presented by John Harrison’s wife, Margaret, along with their colleague who thanked the team for their life-saving actions.

Staff from Total Fitness in Crewe were given this year’s Everyday Hero Award.

Thanks to their training, quick thinking and use of the defibrillator on site, the team were able to help save the lives of two people in separate incidents just three months apart.

All winners were presented with a certificate and award to recognise their actions.